Lesson: Using an Index

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Lesson Objective

SWBAT use an index to find information in a non-fiction text SWBAT look up 2 topics of interest in their 'just-right' book by using an index

Lesson Plan



 Nonfiction readers find information quickly by using an index

SWBAT use text features to help them find information and guide their reading.  They will talk with their partner about how they used text features today.

Higher-Order: Why does someone use...?



You've been learning about non-fiction books and the different parts inside. We know about headings, the cover and table and contents.



Today I want to teach you readers can find information quickly by using an index



This is important because as readers and as researches, sometimes we want to learn more about a specific part of a topic, but don't want to reread information we already know or don't need to know.



Today we will look up information by using an index:

1.)    Ask ourselves "What do I want to learn about _______?"

2.)    Answer with 1-2 words

3.)    Turn to the index (in the back of our book)

4.)    Look for the word alphabetically, just like in a dictionary

5.)    Flip to the page number to learn more!

Watch how I use an index in the book 'A Trip through the Solar System'

I'll ask myself "What do I want to learn about the Solar System?"

I want to learn about Saturn. I'll turn to the index in the back of the book and look for Saturn. Since Saturn starts with an 'S' and 'S' is at the end of the alphabet, I know it will be toward the bottom of the page. I see! Saturn, p.7. Let's flip to page 7 and read to learn more about Saturn!



Active Engagement:

Now it's your turn! Let's look at our Seeds to Apples book. We've already brainstormed some ideas of what could be in our book and read through a few parts. What are some things you want to know more about?



How can I say that in 1-2 words (pick out the most important)! (Students Respond)

Now lets flip to page ____ and learn more! (Read together. Have another student volunteer if there's time)



Today and everyday when you want to find information quickly, remember to use the index in the back of your book.


Independent Work:

SWBAT look up 2 pieces of information by using the index in their 'just-right' text. Record with a post-it.



I use an index to look up ___________.

Higher Order Thinking Probe: Why does someone use an index?




1. What went well?

The kids had just read the 'A Trip through the Solar System' book as a read-aloud. Connecting it in the moment is a good way to hold their attention. Having a copy of the index from the book on a chart also helps them access the text and connect it to the strategies you're teaching. Lastly, the 'Seeds to Apples' book is a non-fiction text that I copied and paste over several charts. We use this text as the active engagement (we do) for many of the lessons in the unit.



2. What would you change?

All of my kids have non-fiction texts in their book bins to work with at their seats. However- many lower level non-fiction texts (A-D level, Fountas and Pinnell) do not have an index in the back! I would look out for this before future lessons and make sure kids who are reading at a lower level have an appropriate text they can practice in for the day.



3. What needs explaining?

I'm a big fan of charts, so I've attached the charts from the lesson as a visual cue for you and your kids. If you need to extend the lesson, you could have kids look for facts to share when they look up information using the index.

Lesson Resources

Index Chart   Other
Seed to Apple 1   Other
Index Lesson   Lesson Plan
Non Fiction Reading Chart   Other
Seed to Apple 2   Other
Seed to Apple 3   Other
A Trip Through the Solar System (Amazon)
Seed to Apples


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